Contractor with ties to Johnny Doc indicted for tax fraud and defrauding union benefit fund

A close associate of Philadelphia union leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty was indicted Wednesday on multiple counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and stealing from the benefits funds for union workers.


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Donald “Gus” Dougherty, 54, collaborated with Michael McKale, an accountant working for his company, Dougherty Electric Inc., to alter financial records and lower the amount of federal taxes he was required to pay, according to the indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

McKale, 47, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS and related offenses.

Dougherty’s attorney, Eric W. Sitarchuk, said Wednesday he “intends to vigorously contest the charges.”

Though Dougherty is not related to the prominent Democratic kingmaker, the two have been lifelong friends, and have been linked in the FBI’s ongoing probe against John Dougherty.

Gus Dougherty pleaded guilty in 2008 to defrauding John Dougherty’s Local 98 out of more than $500,000 in

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Calling all eccentric millionaires: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ motel up for sale for $2 million

Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2020 5:34PM EST

There’s a rose-coloured opportunity for would-be hoteliers looking to flaunt their wealth in small-town Canada.

A landmark location from the beloved CBC sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” hit the market Wednesday, offering buyers the chance to re-enact the show’s riches-to-rags saga for a listing price of $2 million.

The Hockley Motel in Mono, a town of about 8,000 people northwest of Toronto, served as the exterior set for the Rose family’s home on the Emmy Award-winning series.

The listing presents the 6.7-acre riverside property as a fixer-upper that would appeal to travellers seeking rural refuge from the commotion and contagion risk of city life in the COVID-19 era.

It’s a sales pitch that may sound familiar to “Schitt’s Creek” fans who have followed the Rose family as they refurbished their motel-turned-home in a town they once purchased as a

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US Extends TikTok Sale Deadline To December 4

The US has threatened to ban the app TikTok unless its parent company ByteDance sells to American investors, but a court has blocked that


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The US Treasury on Wednesday said it had extended by seven days the November 27 deadline given to the Chinese owner of TikTok to sell the popular social media platform’s American business.

“The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has granted ByteDance a one-week extension, from November 27, 2020 to December 4, 2020 to allow time to review a revised submission that the Committee recently received,” a Treasury spokesperson said.

President Donald Trump’s administration has expressed national security concerns over the app, claiming it could be used for Chinese espionage and threatening to ban it.

The ban has been challenged in courts, including a case in Washington and a separate filing by the app’s “creators” in a Pennsylvania court,

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Imperial porcelains for sale in London auctions

A Yongzheng period famille-rose “dragon” dish from a noble family is one of the highlight pieces up for auction at the Important Chinese Art sale at Sotheby’s.

The highly decorative dish, which is presented in a wooden frame, was acquired by an ancestor of the present owner who was a diplomat in China and returned to Europe in the mid-19th century.

The dish is expected to fetch 360,000 pounds ($465,000) when it goes under the hammer at the sale on Nov 4.

The auction house is also offering a Ming-style blue and white vase formerly in an Austrian collection. The vase is painted in varying shades of deep blue with large floral blooms and the base is inscribed with a six-character Yongzhengreign mark within a double-circle.

Sotheby’s said the vase “clearly takes its inspiration in early Ming blue and white porcelain of the Xuande period”. It is expected to sell

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IKEA investment arm in talks to buy city-centre retail property in big European cities

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – IKEA’s Ingka Investments is in talks to buy commercial property in prime locations in several big European cities after it finalised its first-ever such acquisition last month, its managing director said.

The investment arm of Ingka Group, which owns most IKEA stores, is pushing into the real estate market as part of IKEA’s shift towards big city-centres from out-of-town. So far, such locations are leased.

Scouting for city-centre retail property more or less ready to house IKEA stores across Europe’s main cities, Ingka Investments’ first deal was in Paris’ Rue de Rivoli.

“We have ongoing discussions in big European cities,” Ingka Investments Managing Director Krister Mattsson said in an interview. “It takes time to buy properties, but there is a lot in the pipeline,” he told Reuters.

Inkga Investments is pushing ahead with the new strategy despite the wider retail market uncertainty caused by the pandemic.


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Trio of DFA’d ex-Giants quickly find new homes after waiver claims

The Giants have had pretty good luck sneaking players through waivers and back into their minor league system after designating them for assignment, but their luck ran out Wednesday. 

All three players who were DFA’d last Friday were subsequently claimed by other organizations: Chris Shaw is now a Baltimore Oriole, Aramis Garcia is a Texas Ranger and Jordan Humphreys is a Cleveland Indian. The Giants had DFA’d the trio in order to open up roster spots for prospects who had to be added before the Rule 5 Draft. 

Of the three, the loss of Garcia might have the greatest impact on the 2021 season, although even that will be minimal. With Joey Bart expected to start the season in Triple-A, Garcia could have been an option to back up Buster Posey until Bart is recalled. The Giants still have Chadwick Tromp on the roster, though, and president of baseball operations

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City, Jacksonville Bar Association to launching new Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, alongside the Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA), is planning to implement a program to help residents with a prevention of Evictions and Foreclosures.

The program will provide more than $5.1 million to Duval County residents and business owners who may lose their apartment, home or business location due to the economic impact of COVID-19, according to a release.

Applications will be accepted at for residential properties starting Thursday, Dec. 3, followed by commercial properties the week of Dec. 7.

“Although necessary, the safety measures implemented during the pandemic negatively affected some of Jacksonville’s citizens,” Curry said. “My administration and I are serious about honoring the local government’s responsibility to use every available resource in support of its citizens, especially throughout times of uncertainty. As we work toward returning to normal, I hope this assistance will provide relief to our neighbors and move them

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Shawn Mendes Shares Views From His Toronto Condo In New Netflix Documentary

Not even a superstar like Shawn Mendes can escape Toronto’s never-ending construction.

A clip from the Canadian singer’s Netflix documentary “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder,” released Monday, is proving to be very relatable for people who love the city, but hate the unsightly premium real estate projects that plague it.

Originally shared by Canadian Press reporter David Friend on Twitter via screenshots, the clip shows Mendes enjoying the downtown skyline from his Toronto condo last fall.

“This view is, like, the best view I have ever seen in Toronto,” the 22-year-old remarked, walking to his balcony to look at the panorama surrounding the CN Tower.

But his delight quickly turned into distaste.

“Except for them building this gross thing. What is that?”

In the clip, he gestures to the array of construction cranes before running a hand through his hair, as he states the traditional response to ugly urban planning: “Oh

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TikTok Granted One-Week Extension of Forced-Sale Deadline

(Bloomberg) — The Trump administration has given TikTok’s Chinese owner another week to complete a sale of its popular video-sharing app in order to resolve U.S. national security concerns.

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The new deadline, which had already been extended by 15 days, is Dec. 4, TikTok’s parent ByteDance Ltd. said in a court filing Wednesday.


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The fate of TikTok, an app that’s been downloaded more than 100 million times in the U.S., has been caught up for months in U.S. President Donald Trump’s crackdown on Chinese technology companies. The administration has argued that American’s private data gathered through the app could be siphoned off to the authoritarian regime in China, something TikTok has said it would never do. Trump had ordered in August that the app be sold to an American firm or face a ban in the U.S.

To assuage Trump’s concerns, ByteDance forged a deal

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Buzz Aldrin’s Childhood Home in New Jersey Is for Sale

A Montclair, New Jersey, mansion where Buzz Aldrin spent the majority of his childhood is now on the market for $1.049 million. The Tudor-style home features seven bedrooms and four bathrooms spread out across 3,169 square feet, with a white stucco exterior and distinct jade green trim and shutters. The current owner, Peter Kelly, told the New York Post that he believes the legendary Apollo 11 astronaut lived there from his birth in 1930 to around 1947. “It’s a big house, but it doesn’t feel big,” he said, adding that the residence is “warm” and “inviting.”

Originally built in 1907, the home still retains many of its original structural details, including 10-foot-tall coffered ceilings in the formal living room and dining room, several original fireplaces, and a sturdy switchback staircase. Photos from the listing show several different-colored walls that add pops of character, including forest green walls in the front

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